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This week on #GathingsBizTalk, Gathings Law Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Lloyd Gathings, is talking about what you need to know about arbitration.

First and foremost, arbitration is when an unbiased third party is brought into a business disagreement to make a decision for the two parties as a form of alternative dispute resolution. It’s very common for commercial contracts, investment contracts, and stock brokerage contracts to contain an arbitration clause.

Arbitration clauses are enforced by the courts and are seldomly held invalid. Once an arbitration clause is upheld, all future proceedings are before one or more arbitrators. All proceedings from then onward are controlled by the agreed upon arbitration association and their rules.

There are many associations with their own rules for arbitration. A few of the most common are:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • National Arbitration and Mediation

Now just because you have to play by the arbitration association’s rules, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance to fight for your best interests during the arbitration proceedings. You just need a lawyer who knows how. If you have a legal dispute that will go to arbitration, give Gathings Law a call. We know how to guide you through the twists and turns of arbitration and we’ll be there for you every step of the way.

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